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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division

"The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to vigorously enforce our nation's environmental laws," said EPA, Region 6, Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division Director, John Blevins. "In close partnership with our State, Tribal, and local partners, Region 6 efforts continue to move us towards our ultimate goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for all communities."

Our mission is to protect and sustain human health and the environment by ensuring compliance with Federal environmental laws in partnership with our States and Tribes. Our vision is to make environmental compliance commonplace to achieve clean air, water, and land. We value collaboration, integrity, excellence, service, and respect.

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Inspections, Enforcement and NEPA Actions in Region 6

2014—2016 National Enforcement Initiatives

  1. Reducing Air Pollution from the Largest Sources
  2. Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters
  3. Cutting Hazardous Air Pollutants
  4. Preventing Animal Waste from Contaminating Surface and Ground Water
  5. Assuring Energy Extraction Activities Comply with Environmental Laws
  6. Reducing Pollution from Mineral Processing Operations

CAED Accomplishments

 

 


 

2014 Regional Priorities

Air Enforcement
- Develop Transparent and Real Time Enforcement to Address Air Releases (upsets and malfunctions)
- Work with local industry to reduce flaring

Hazardous Waste Enforcement
- Ensure Appropriate and Safe Waste Management
- Ensure Hazardous Waste Treatment Facilities are Permitted

Water Enforcement
- Ensure Proper Managing of Brine Spills from Oil & Gas Operations
- Ensure Everyone's Water is Safe to Drink


CAED In the News and Other Actions

Region 6 Water Enforcement Address Poultry Producers at LDAF Multi-Agency Outreach Meeting
On March 14, 2014, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), in coordination with EPA, NRCS, LDEQ, LSU Ag. Center and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, provide information and training to the small dairy producers in Southeast Louisiana.
 
EPA, Region 6 Water Enforcement will discuss the Clean Water Act violations that were found during recent EPA/LDEQ joint inspections at eight small dairy Animal Feeding Operations.  The inspections found that four of the dairies had unpermitted lagoon discharges to nearby creeks, and three others were within inches of discharging.  The inspections, which were prompted by the bacterial impairments of Big Creek, East Big Creek,and the Tangipahoa River, indicated that there are systemic lagoon wastewater management issues in the Tangipahoa watershed, in addition to improper mortality disposal.  The meeting will educate small dairy producers to the problems found during the inspections with unpermitted discharges, the lack of adequate lagoon dewatering equipment and other management issues, and the imperative need to quickly work with State and Federal agencies to resolve these issues.

Southwest Operating, Inc.
In response to Texas Parks and Wildlife concerns EPA Region 6 Water Enforcement Brine Team inspected, Southwest Operating, Inc., a tank battery facility located in Quitman, Texas.  The EPA inspectors observed that pollutants such as produced wastewater and crude oil generated from oil production activities, were recently discharged from the facility to Glade Branch which eventually feeds into Quitman Lake.  During the inspection, the facility was in the process of cleaning up the spill.  A final report will be completed soon.

USCG Sector Corpus Christi 2014 Domestic Vessels Industry Day
On March 6, 2014, EPA Region 6 participated in US Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Corpus Christi’s 2014 Domestic Vessels Industry Day.  EPA provided an overview of the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) and facilitated discussion on the proposed Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP).  Following the Industry Day, EPA met with USCG Sector Corpus Christi representatives to provide further training and guidance on the VGP and sVGP.

International Paper Company – Texarkana Mill, Queen City, TX Consent Agreement and Final Order
On March 6, 2014, EPA Region 6 filed a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) to International Paper Company – Texarkana Mill (International Paper), located near Queen City, Texas.  The CAFO was issued in response to the violations determined by EPA from an investigation conducted into an April 25, 2013, incident at the facility.  International Paper will pay an administrative penalty of $30,000.

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Si usted necesita más información en español, por favor contacte a la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) Region 6,  División de Relaciones Exteriores al teléfono 214.665.2200 o si usted se encuentra en AR, LA, NM, OK, ó TX por favor llamar al teléfono 1-800-887-6063

Office of Strategic Planning and Analyses manages cross-cutting programs, such as analyses to support compliance activities and enforcement, environmental assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act and more.

Air/Toxics Enforcement works with state, local and tribal governments, other federal agencies, businesses and community groups to implement and enforce the Clean Air Act regulations.

Hazardous Waste Enforcement provides guidance on all aspects of managing hazardous wastes and chemical substances; and offer compliance assistance to citizens, facilities, States, and Tribes.

Water Enforcement assures compliance and takes appropriate enforcement action against facilities for violations of the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water acts, including concentrated animal feed lots and stormwater. Water permits, grants and additional water quality information in the South Central area can be found in this link.

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